Tarisse King was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 4th September 1986. She is the older sister to fellow artist, Sarrita King and daughter to the late highly regarded artist, William King Jungala (1966 – 2007).
Tarisse inherits her Australian Aboriginality from her father who was part of the Gurindji tribe from the Northern Territory. The Gurindji tribe came to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s when members employed by the Wave Hill cattle station led a landmark case that became the first successful land rights claim in Australia. Like her forefathers, Tarisse is an assertive individual who is determined to communicate the inseparable connection she and her ancestors have with the Australian land.
Tarisse spent the majority of her youth in Darwin, a unique city in northern Australia that is subject to extreme weather conditions; from torrential rain and cyclones in the Wet Season to oppressive and immobilizing heat in the Dry Season. This climatic impact is seen in her artwork but it was also the road trips she traveled between Darwin, Katherine, and Adelaide, where her father resided, that she reflects on most in her paintings. The journey of 3027 kilometers, right through the heart of Australia, reveals extreme expanses of varying landscapes and provided Tarisse with the isolation and time to develop a unique perception of the land which can be seen in her paintings such as Pink Salts and My Country – Tracks and Rivers.
Moving to Adelaide at the age of 16, it was her involvement with her father’s art that lead Tarisse to experiment with her own designs and techniques, resulting in a definable style of her own. Drawing on the Central and Western Desert Aboriginal dotting style of painting the land topographically, Tarisse captures a complex and varied soul of the land.
In homage to her father, her adaptation of Earth Images defines Australia as if looking from outer space back to land; the viewer is given a heightened feeling of drifting above the earth. Then, in her series, My Country Tarisse composes 40,000-year-old Aboriginal iconography of songlines, dots, and circles to create a bold and contemporary aesthetic and provides yet another more detailed perspective on the landscape. Finally, Pink Salts lowers the viewer back down to earth and immerses one in the surreal and luminous pink sunsets over the great salt lakes in the center of Australia. In all of Tarisse’s artworks, she contemporizes the ancient and allows the present-day viewer an accessible moment to consider the past.
Tarisse now lives in New Zealand with her husband and paints in her home studio while looking after her daughters, Amalii and Hinatore. At the age of 28, she is a full-time artist. She has been included in over 20 exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in much high profile Australian and international art collections, and been auctioned successfully through Paris’ Art Curial. With so many accolades to her name at such a young age, Tarisse’s potential to build on an already outstanding career is more than promising.
• Sarrita & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• The King Sisters: Pop Art, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
• The King Sisters, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong
• Major Auction, Castor Hara, Paris
• Country of Kings, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
• Art Expo, Singapore
• Collaboration, Gallery 577, Melbourne
• Aboriginal Art, Butler Goode Gallery, Sydney
• Contemporary Art, Art Curial, Paris
• Language of the Earth Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Connections, Gallery 577, Melbourne
• Contemporary Auction, (Art Curial, France)
• Rising Stars, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
• The King Sisters, Mason Art Gallery, Darwin
• In Our Father’s Eyes: works by sisters Tarisse and Sarrita King, Aboriginal Dreamtime Art Gallery, Los Angeles
• Contemporary Auction, Art Curial, France
• Fire & Lightning: Sarrita &Tarisse King, Central Art, Alice Springs
• The King Sisters, Red Desert Dreaming Gallery, Hilton, South Melbourne
• Divas on the Cusp, Art on Hastings, Noosa Heads, Queensland
• Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury, Victoria
• Art Curial Auction and Exhibition (Art Curial, France)
• William, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
• Kaminabend mit Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galerie, Brit‘s Art, Übach-Palenberg, Germany
• The King Sisters, Blue Gum Gallery, QVB, Sydney
• The 3 Kings, Bennelong Gallery, Sydney
• The Three Kings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
• The Kings, Firstlook Gallery, Melbourne
• The 3 Kings, Ulladulla Aboriginal Gallery, Sydney
• Aboriginal Art Auction, Customs House, Sydney
• The EWB exhibition, 14 exhibitions across Australia
• Kings Exhibition, La Jolla, California, USA
• Katherine Art Exhibition, Katherine, NT
• Jungarra Exhibition, Cairns, QLD